That Music Master Bass amp or Silverface Champ that you could have bought all day for 50 bucks as recently as 2 years ago can run as high as 350-400 on ebay now.Though, hopefully no one will bid on those that are that high. But, they are still available at killer prices, if for no other reason, there are many of them still available..a silverfaced amp was passed over in the 80's and 90's by someone that HAD to have a tweed or blackfaced one.I recently purchased a 1972 Silverface Champ for 40 bucks.I am not an expert on amps, Fender amps, or Silverface Fender amps. I am merely someone that loves old gear, appreciates Silverface amps, loves to write, and loves history.In late 1967, Fender changed the cosmetics of the faceplate to a brushed aluminum look with blue and black lettering, and the grillcloth was given a blue "sparkle".There were a very few cosmetic changes made between 19.
For that matter, you can often pick up Bassman or Bandmaster heads for under 0...where are you going to find a hand wired 50 watt head for that? 1971 Twin Reverb Some background information Leo Fender, who was in poor health due to overwork, along with his partner, Don Randall, sold his beloved "Fender Electric Instrument Company" to the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in late 1964, with CBS taking over in early 1965, and changing the name of the company to "Fender Musical Instruments".
Don Randall obviously didn't agree with what was going on, as he resigned his general manager position in mid-1969.
Around 1970, there was a music store that I would stand in front of often, slobbering at this silverface Dual Showman Reverb with two cabs that they had in the window. A few years later, when I actually started playing the guitar, that amp was forgotten..dream was of a Marshall full stack.
Pretty much for the first 5 years, CBS didn't make that many changes to the amp circuits in production when they took over, and kept the current cosmetic scheme, a black faceplate with white lettering, black tolex (which Fender had changed to in 1964) and a bone colored grillcloth with black and silver threads in it.
But, there were a few changes here and there, some models were discontinued during that time..as the Concert and Pro in 1965 and the Deluxe in 1966.